Rangers have not held back from ridiculing the club’s detractors recently after the use of club anthem Four Lads Had a Dream was criticised by a series of nefarious voices.
Rangers are used to being used as a political football for those with a transparent agenda and the passionate song about the club’s origins was attacked on social media this week.
Four Lads Had a Dream is a song that is now part of the club’s foundations and it is sung on a weekly basis by tens of thousands inside Ibrox and beyond.
The song celebrates the origins of the famous club which was formed by the four lads Moses McNeil, Peter McNeil, Peter Campbell, and William McBeath way back in 1872.
As part of the club’s 150th anniversary year, Rangers have now released four kits, each with one of the founders’ names on them.
This week the release of the Gallant Pioneers top – a white sponsor-less jersey with the original Rangers crest based on a famous photo of the club’s first-ever side – was accompanied by a special orchestral version of the song.
🎶 Four lads had a dream 🎶
We are proud of our past, and excited for the next chapter.
The dream of the four lads is still going strong.
Their legacy is our future. 💙 pic.twitter.com/WuFwln1bji
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 15, 2021
Remarkably, some apparently influential voices in Scottish media began criticising Rangers for using the song because an offensive song uses a similar melody.
The melody comes from Sloop John B by the Beach Boys.
There are genuinely some nutters out there who believe Rangers done this deliberately and it’s not about Four Lads Had a Dream but in fact about causing sectarian offence to our rivals.
It’s difficult not to ridicule this suggestion – and we’ve all had a good laugh doing so – but for other more agenda-driven attacks there’s a dangerous narrative being formed.
Rangers – determined to respond defiantly – have been kicking this all week by posting the song on their social media channels and fans responded in kind at Ibrox Stadium yesterday afternoon.
💙 Four lads had a dream
To start a football team
They had no money no kit
Not even a ball
They still carried on
The Rangers were born
55 titles, we're still going strong. pic.twitter.com/RSKVx2q7kh
— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) October 16, 2021
Fans in their thousands sang a stirring rendition of Four Lads Had a Dream in a major up yours to those manufacturing offence.
The only thing the faux outrage his really done is stimulate sales of the kit with Rangers fans flocking to pick up the fourth jersey.
The club have even taken to social media to explain how all the coverage has given the sales an almighty boost as Rangers post impressive numbers.